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IPL 2019 match preview: MI vs DC - Strong favourites Mumbai up against a revamped Delhi
Arguably one of the best bowling and batting sides of IPL, the Mumbai Indians, begin their IPL 2019 campaign tonight at home against a new-look Delhi Capitals. The match takes place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 23.

While MI have tasted considerable success in the IPL having won the title three times, Delhi Capitals would be looking for a reversal of fortunes after a change in their name from the previous Delhi Daredevils. DC have never made it past the play-offs in IPL history. 

Led by Rohit Sharma, MI are strong both batting and bowling wise, with players like Jasprit Bumrah, the Pandya brothers, and Quinton de Kock. Southpaw Yuvraj Singh is another addition to MI who will further strengthen the middle order. 

Delhi finished at the bottom most position of last season's points table. For this IPL season the team has roped in local lad Shikhar Dhawan, who was earlier part of the SRH squad. Bowling wise also Delhi are well placed with the likes of Trent Boult and Chris Morris. 

Head to head the stats are evenly balanced with each side having won 11 each of the 22 matches they have played against each other. However, in the last season Delhi had got the better of Mumbai by beating them twice in the group stage encounters. 

MI would be missing the services of Lasith Malinga for their first six games as the Sri Lankan selectors have made it mandatory for their players to participate in the domestic Super Provincial One-Day tournament that takes place from April 4 to April 11, to remain eligible for selection in the 2019 ICC World Cup squad. MI would also miss New Zealander Adam Milne who has been ruled out due to injury. 

MI would look to seek revenge for last years' two defeats they suffered at the hands of Delhi. The match is expected to be a tight encounter. The side which bowls better in the death overs is expected to win today. 

The track at the Wankhede Stadium is batting-friendly and the ball would come on to the bat nicely. Later on, the pitch would provide assistance to the spinners.

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